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My beautiful ASUS M5A88-V EVO died on me couple days ago I believe the culprit was a faulty cpu fan and it also killed my low end gigabyte board too. My ASUS mobo would turn on for a couple seconds then it would just shut down but if I left it off overnight and turn it on in the morning it would remain on long enough to post and boot into windows then after 10 minutes or so it would just turn off and when I try to power it back on it lights up for a second then goes off. I tried breedboarding with only cpu, heatsink and psu it would still power down after a couple seconds, then I tried without cpu and heat sink just the psu and mobo with the 8pin cpu power connector plugged in and uplugged and it was the same result. Tried my friend's psu (coolmax 500watts) I know it's a bad psu, didn't solve the problem either, however my ANTEC HCG-520 worked flawlessly in his rig so I ruled out the psu. So I've given up troubleshooting this board and now I'm looking @ ASUS M5A97 Evo or Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 as a replacement and I need you guys to help me choose the better between the two. All my parts are in my sig rig.

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I really like my evo and think it would be a good choice for some mild overclocking, although that gigagbyte looks pretty similar, and both have decent vrm cooling.

I do however think the diagnosis is a little odd and wouldn't trust that psu not to fry a third board, I'd probably replace it and the fan.
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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by justgus View Post

I really like my evo and think it would be a good choice for some mild overclocking, although that gigagbyte looks pretty similar, and both have decent vrm cooling.
I do however think the diagnosis is a little odd and wouldn't trust that psu not to fry a third board, I'd probably replace it and the fan.

Thanks for the reply, The Antec HCG-520 wasn't used in my gigabyte setup when the board died only the faulty cpu fan. When you say mild overclock do you mean I would only get 500-800mhz OC on my cpu?
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Sorry about the late reply, you should be able to overclock it a bit, just depends on your chip and what it can reach at certain volts. I would imagine 500-800 mhz increase should be possible with decent temps, maybe more with good cooling.

While the board has nice vrm cooling, it is only a 6+2 phase, and I believe higher end boards use a 8+2 phase.
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post #5 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by justgus View Post

Sorry about the late reply, you should be able to overclock it a bit, just depends on your chip and what it can reach at certain volts. I would imagine 500-800 mhz increase should be possible with decent temps, maybe more with good cooling.
While the board has nice vrm cooling, it is only a 6+2 phase, and I believe higher end boards use a 8+2 phase.

Justgus my board seems to be working again however the onboard LAN(NIC) stopped working so I had to use a PCI network card. I still don't trust this board and I'm still interested in purchasing the asus or gigabyte board i listed. So are you saying the gigabyte board is better for overclocking since it has a 8+2 power phase.
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Ah yes, I should have looked that one up too. Much safer overclocking that way, looks like the better choice.
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post #7 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by justgus View Post

Ah yes, I should have looked that one up too. Much safer overclocking that way, looks like the better choice.

Yea I'm leaning towards the gigabyte board, I love asus boards they got alot of features and great BIOS however I've always had bad experience with them.
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The faulty hardware was in actuality the motherboard. I've since replace it with the ASUS M5A99X EVO and it's stable as a rock.
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